The Rhinebeck Sweater (of Destiny!)

So I know you all wanna see the sweater, right? Well I want to show you! Credits for the photos go to Greg, who is an awesome photographer, and very good natured about getting roped into photographing my hand knits. (I think that “knitwear photographer” is fairly atypical of his accustomed oeuvre.) But he does such a good job! Any faults with these pictures are almost certainly due to my.. err.. extremely inexpert photo editing. :P

Voila!

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The setting of Rhinebeck is really ideal for sweater photography, with the stunning fall colors and general air of sheepiness.

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I absolutely adore this sweater. It is one of my favorite colors, and while I wasn’t sure of the variegation in the store, I love how it knit up! (Greg told me to get this one rather than a pale purple. Shocking revelation: when you’re unsure of a color choice, listen to the photographer/graphic designer/filmmaker. His advice is probably legit.)  I think that the variation in color is just slight enough that the lace looks gorgeous, especially in the long panel down the back. I think that is such a brilliant detail of this design! In addition, it is SO WARM. That Malabrigo worsted is just cushy fuzzy wool goodness. I love this yarn, and I think it’s pretty long-wearing for a single ply. Naturally there will be pilling, but I am prepared for that so it won’t exactly be a surprise.

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The pattern is Bloomsbury by Svetlana Volkova, and I love the clever design of this sweater. It’s worked top-down in the round, and when you’re done, you have six ends to weave in, and ZERO sewing. Sign me up! The lines on the front of the bust are really cool, almost like a wetsuit! This is beautifully designed, though the pattern is a bit difficult to get the hang of. I had to use the pattern for a good portion of the yoke, which was a huge pain in the ass! I usually don’t have trouble memorizing a pattern and just trucking along, so that frustrated me a bit. However, the results are stunning so I can’t exactly whine too much :P The yarn is Malabrigo Worsted in Velvet Grapes. I love it so much!!  I made extensive mods, including changing the waist shaping so that it would nip in more dramatically, (I like curve-hugging sweaters.) and adding some short rows in the bust so that it wouldn’t pull up in the front. I also shortened the sleeves, and went for a tighter-fitting sleeve than in the original. To me, the sleeves look a bit heavy when they’re full length. This is probably the best fit of any sweater I own, so yay!

And now the back!!! Lovely lace panel detail ^.^

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I do have one question for you, my bloggy friends. I have some yarn left, which means that I could make the sweater longer. Should I? I’m generally one who likes my sweaters really long, but I think that that tends to make them look less polished. This sweater is a bit more on the fancy side, so I curbed that tendency, but now I wonder. Should I lengthen it, or leave it as is?

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25 Comments

  1. Gorgeous sweater. The fit is perfect and color is great. I need to learn your short row shaping method.

    • Short row shaping is much easier when the sweater is worked top down! I waited until I was about 2/3 of the way covering my boobs in the front, then short rowed until the back and the front were the same length, leaving one stitch between wrapped stitches so they weren’t lined up right next to each other because sometimes that leaves holes.

  2. Very pretty! I think you should leave it the length it is now. The proportions look perfect.

    • Thanks! That was my feeling too, but I like to hear what other people think.

  3. First off as a sucker for purple, I am in love with it already, add to the fact that it is malabrigo and *swoon*. As for the length I think if you enjoy the length it is now (aka it doesn’t ride up or anything) leave it be. It is absolutely gorgeous and so fancy looking.Congrats on the sweater and managing to make it to Rhinebeck. Double the jealousy over here.

    • Thank you so much! I have several purple sweaters already, but it’s one of my favorite colors so I figured that I needed a handknit one. And not a moment too soon, it just got FREEZING here.

  4. needleandspindle

    The sweater is perfectly proportioned for you and in relation to the sleeve length. I think you should leave it. It is very flattering, well done.

    • Thank you so much! I tried to get the proportions right, but I second guessed myself at every turn. That’s the thing about big projects, they’re more of a commitment so getting it right matters more.

  5. Well I agree with all of the above. The style and fit looks fab on you and the length is just right for this fitted look. Longer if looser! Gorgeous colour. Thank you for sharing! x

    • I like that rule! Now that I think about it, most of the sweaters in my wardrobe follow that rule of thumb.

  6. I think your sweater is perfect as is! You look lovely in it!

    • Thank you so much! I was just so excited to have finished it, now I want to wear it all the time!

  7. Oh it’s lovely and it fits you perfectly! Don’t change it, it’s just right the length it is. Well done 😃 I’ve seen the pattern before but your version is much nicer than the others I’ve seen, so now I’m rather tempted to make one (don’t ask when I’ll get round to it) *wanders off to check out the pattern*

    • Hehe, it does have that effect, doesn’t it? I kept petting myself because it was so fuzzy and warm, and Greg was looking at me very oddly. Though he eventually succumbed to its fuzzy lures and started petting it too.

      • As he should! He’s obviously learning from you :P

  8. Wow! So beautiful!!! The fit looks perfect to me, and I LOVE the color, especially against the Autumn scenery. It looks so velvety soft. One day I will pluck up the courage to attempt an adult sweater. You have definitely inspired me!

    • This is the first adult sweater I’ve done that actually fit! Top down sweaters are great because they can be tried on as you go. That definitely took a lot of the anxiety out of it for me. In addition, this only took about 750 yards of yarn, which is approximately four standard sized balls of worsted weight. I just thought about it like I was knitting four small cowls, mileage wise :P If I can do it, so can you! I’ve feared sweaters for a long time, but I think it’s just all about finding something that you can tweak to suit you.

  9. Beautiful sweater. Perfect fit.

    • Thank you! It’s so hard to find things that fit, and part of why I love knitting is that I an customize to my heart’s content :)

  10. Oops, the above comment was meant to be from my other blog.

  11. The variation gives the sweater depth. It looks fantastic! Great job!

    • Thanks!!!!!!!!! I absolutely adore how the colors look, but I wish you could somehow touch the screen and feel how soft it is. That’s really the best part.

  12. Q – If you can raise your hands over your head and your belly doesn’t show, the sweater is long enough! LOL! It looks perfect and quite beautiful. Use the yarn to make a headband, or something.

    • I’ll definitely find a use for it, it’s just too pretty to waste!

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